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  • Quibi may be struggling in advertising amid concerns about COVID-19 expenses
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Quibi launched this week into a world turned upside down by the novel coronavirus. How do things look on day two? dot.LA caught up with Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman – former boss of eBay and Hewlett-Packard, and one-time California gubernatorial candidate – to discuss.

Whitman shares her reaction to the initial flow of real-time data on Quibi users, what she'll be watching closely over the next few months, and what the well-heeled company's future may hold. She also forecasts how the streaming wars may play out, reflects on lessons learned about the tech world, and reveals her thoughts on the burgeoning innovation ecosystem in Los Angeles.

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Five years after its conception and 18 months after development kicked off, Quibi launches today in the U.S. and Canada. Much has changed since founder and chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg first pitched CEO-to-be Meg Whitman over dinner on his vision of the next generation of content innovation.

Some changes have boosted the short-form, mobile-only video platform. Whitman, whose Silicon Valley track record is widely viewed as an ideal yin to the yang of Katzenberg's in Hollywood, likes to point out that mobile video usage increased from six minutes a day on average in 2012 to 60 minutes in 2018. Such trends, alongside their respective rolodexes and credibility, surely helped Quibi to raise $1.75 billion over two rounds.

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